hopped out to a two-run lead in the top of the first and never trailed in a 3-2 series-opening win over Tennessee
at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Friday night in front of 2,742 fans.
The Vols (18-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) mounted a ninth-inning rally but left the bases loaded versus Tigers reliever Terrance Dedrick. In all, Tennessee had 11 left on base.
Auburn (16-7, 3-1) got both its first-frame scores with two down. Damek Tomscha
walked, Ryan Tella
singled and Blake Austin
laced a two-run double to right-center.
The decisive sixth-inning run came with two outs as well after Keegan Thompson singled home Austin, who led off the inning with a hit by pitch.
In the Tennessee half of the eighth, A.J. Simcox, Will Maddox and Christin Stewart all had singles to head up their two-run inning.
Starting pitcher Nick Williams got the loss. He went eight solid innings, striking out four with six hits and two walks allowed.
Dillon Ortman tossed seven frames in the winning effort, fanning seven and walking two. Jordan Ebert banged two of the visitors' seven hits.
Hunter Martin (2-0, 0.73) takes the hill for the Vols on Saturday versus Auburn freshman sensation Thompson (4-0, 0.69). Tennessee looks to tie its 2013 output of SEC series won (2).
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Rally in 9th comes up short, Vols lose 3-2
Tennessee leaves 11 on base in series-opening game vs. Auburn
Mar 21, 2014